Seductively beautiful and perfectly placed in the heart of the Mediterranean, Sicily’s varied landscape offers dramatic beaches and mountain scenery.
After I lost my job, in March 2017, I decided to take a small break and visit my friend Donatella in Sicily. Sicily was the best therapy for the shock of loosing my job; this land full of sunshine and breathtaking landscapes gave me a lot of strength to go back to Geneva full of hope and positivity ( I then found two new jobs :)).
I started by visiting Catania since there are really convenient Easyjet flights from Geneva. I flew with my friend
Francesca who, by chance, booked my same flight to get a break like I was doing. After a 6AM flight, we started our day with an almond and coffee granita with a Sicilian brioche and a huge arancino at pasticceria Savia. Francesca was pushing me to induge in food and I had such a big breakfast, then I only had a light dinner 10 hours after. The traditional Sicilian breakfast starts with a frosty coffee granita and a fresh, buttery brioche. (Remember that Sicily in the summer takes “hot” to a whole new level, and once there you easily understand the need for such an icy start). Sicilian brioche is a little sturdier than its delicate French counterpart, probably because the practice is to dunk the brioche in the granita and the last thing you want is to go bread-fishing in your glass.After such a glorius start Francesca and I had a walk in Bellini Garden, the oldest urban park in the city ,an important botanical resource since it gives abode to many ancient and exotic types of plants. Catania is a maze of streets submerged by the graffiti and all kinds of goods for sale. It is the confusion of the Fish Market and the smoke rising from the copious barbecue Via Plebiscito. It is the decadent charm of the red light district (San Beryl), the irresistible mix of ethnic groups, smells and tastes that run the city day and night.
From Catania, I went to Messina to visit my friend Donatella who was my Cicerone during my days in the Island and visited Taormina and Siracusa with me.